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Tensions between EU and Turkey escalate over Erdogan insults

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tensions between the European Union and Turkey have risen further after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned the mental state of...

Belgium faces pivotal week as virus weighs on hospitals

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities warned Monday that Belgium faces a pivotal week in its struggle to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as a...

Virus is pummeling Europe’s eateries — and winter is coming

HEIKRUIS, Belgium (AP) — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the...

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers. ...

NATO chief says Greece, Turkey agree to cancel war games

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Greece and Turkey are going to cancel war games scheduled for next week on...

EU slaps sanctions on 2 Russians over Germany cyberattack

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency over a...

US NATO allies still short on defense spending aims

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. allies in Europe and Canada have increased defense spending for a sixth consecutive year but most of them will still...

EU awards human rights prize to Belarus opposition

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya,...

UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in...

NATO chief rules out rushed, early exit from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — As rising violence threatens to derail Afghan peace talks, the head of NATO said Wednesday that the military alliance will not...

EU takes action against Malta, Cyprus for ‘golden passports’

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission launched infringements procedures Tuesday against Cyprus and Malta over their “golden passport” programs, in which wealthy people can...

EU to link national COVID-19 tracing apps together

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission on Monday launched an EU-wide system devised to link national COVID-19 tracing apps together in its latest effort...

Belgium fears virus “tsunami” as virus cases keep soaring

BRUSSELS (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Belgium shut down for a month and a night-time curfew took effect Monday as health authorities warned...

Belgium imposes Covid curfew, closes bars and restaurants

BRUSSELS (AP) — Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease...

UK says EU trade talks ‘over’ but bloc sees room for a deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that the U.K. must prepare for a no-deal break with the European Union unless...

Brexit trade talks: both EU and UK dig in heels

BRUSSELS (AP) — With both sides digging in their heels as another Brexit deadline passed Thursday, the European Union and Britain demanded concessions from...

EU leaders divided over new climate goals for 2030

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing...

Half century later, Belgian King Philippe meets half sister

BRUSSELS (AP) — It took more than half a century, but Belgian King Philippe has finally met his half sister. ...

EU targets Putin ally accused of US poll interference

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is...

EU chief self-isolates as virus makes its mark at a summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — As a fresh wave of the coronavirus sweeps across much of Europe, the reality of the disease struck a summit of...

European lawmakers won’t be back in Strasbourg this month

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers won't be returning to the French city of Strasbourg for next week's plenary session because of the COVID-19 resurgence...

EU imposes sanctions on 6 Russians over Navalny poisoning

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain imposed sanctions Thursday on six Russians, some among the highest-ranked officials in the nation, and a...

On eve of UK deadline, trade talks with EU still stalled

BRUSSELS (AP) — On the eve of a European Union summit that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set as a deadline to seal...

Dutch order bars, restaurants closed over pandemic fears

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government decided to close bars and restaurants as of Wednesday as part of a “partial lockdown" that will last...

Germany, France call for UK concessions in EU-UK trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany and France on Tuesday pressured the United Kingdom to make concessions in three key areas of Brexit trade negotiations —...

EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Tuesday approved a series of guidelines including a “traffic-light” system aimed at facilitating free movement across the...

EU readies sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Monday that it has seen no improvement in Belarus and stands ready to impose sanctions on President...

Yet another Brexit deadline looms; trade talks in rut

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost by tradition, another Brexit deadline is looming. Just as much by tradition, talks are expected to continue afterward. ...

EU to slap sanctions on Russia officials over Navalny attack

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to impose sanctions on Russian officials and organizations blamed for the poisoning of opposition leader...

Bar or restaurant? The big issue in pandemic-struck Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — New coronavirus restrictions put a spotlight on two Belgian classics this week: Beer and surrealism. ...

EU states accept plan as a basis to revamp asylum policy

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers agreed Thursday that sweeping new proposals to revamp the bloc's failed asylum system should form the basis...

Progress is the word in Brexit trade talks before summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union finally sees progress in trade talks with the United Kingdom, but insists a momentary change in mood between...

Belgium’s 1st transgender vice premier target of verbal barb

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's first transgender politician to reach the higher echelons of government has come under stinging attack from the country's extreme right,...

EU presents plan to improve plight of its Roma minority

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's treatment of its Roma people has been “inexcusable" over the past decade, a top European Union official said Wednesday as...

AP PHOTOS: Circus school in full swing again, despite COVID

BRUSSELS (AP) — The ropes are swinging. Chalk stains the mats anew. And students at the ESAC international circus school in Brussels are smiling...

EU lashes out at Turkey over rule of law, rights, freedoms

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday that Turkey’s negotiations on joining the world’s biggest trade bloc shouldn't be accelerated because of its...

EU court rules against Hungary’s Orban over Soros university

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that changes by Hungary to its law on higher education which effectively forced a...

EU at risk of missing plastic recycling targets

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is facing a growing waste problem and is at risk of missing its plastic recycling targets for 2025...

EU says that no-deal Brexit becoming ever more likely

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official dealing with the United Kingdom said Tuesday that a cliff-edge rupture between the two without even...

Belgium’s new princess sees no need to be treated as royalty

BRUSSELS (AP) — Delphine Boel has been acknowledged as Belgian Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, after a two-decade royal paternity scandal. Still, she said on...

EU sanctions Belarus over election, gets in-kind response

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on 40 officials suspected of election misconduct and a brutal security crackdown on protesters in...

UK, EU leaders to discuss Brexit, free trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain said Friday that wide gaps remained in their fraught talks on a rudimentary trade agreement following...

EU leaders overcome Cyprus veto, agree to Belarus sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed early Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election...

Paternity ruling nudges Delphine Boel to Belgian royalty

Artist and sculptor Delphine Boel is on the cusp of officially becoming a Belgian princess after a Brussels court ruled in her favor Thursday...

Belgium busts big cocaine ring that relied on corrupt police

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities in Belgium and another three countries have dismantled a criminal drug trafficking network that allegedly relied on corrupt police officers...

NATO helps Greece, Turkey agree steps to avoid conflict

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece and Turkey agreed Thursday to safety measures aimed at preventing standoffs between their warships and military aircraft in the Mediterranean...

EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of...

European report finds waning of democracy in Poland, Hungary

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are...

7 parties agree on Belgian government led by Liberal De Croo

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost 500 days after Belgian parliamentary elections, seven parties from both sides of the linguistic aisle agreed early Wednesday on forming...

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of...

EU-UK spat over Brexit deal clouds key trade talks this week

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain entered a crucial week of post-Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday by rejecting the EU’s demand that it...

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain...

EU tries to sell migrant pact amid claims the hardliners won

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration officials struggled Thursday to sell their new plan to overhaul the bloc’s failed asylum system amid...

EU says Belarus president’s inauguration will deepen crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive...

EU postpones summit after Michel goes into quarantine

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced the European Union to postpone a scheduled summit for a week after EU Council President Charles Michel...

EU to UK: stop playing ‘games’ with Brexit trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is pleading with Britain to stop playing “games" as time is running out to clinch a free trade...

Key EU states worry South America trade pact may hurt Amazon

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU countries remained divided Monday on whether to approve a preliminary free trade deal drafted last year with South American countries...

EU unveils plan to combat racism, increase diversity

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission presented a series of measures Friday aimed at tackling structural racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of...

Banksy loses EU trademark fight with greeting card company

BRUSSELS (AP) — Street artist Banksy has lost a legal battle with a a greeting card company along with a European Union trademark for...

Top EU official proposes new 2030 target to reduce emissions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official proposed a more ambitious target Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, setting a reduction...

EU chief says UK cannot change EU-UK withdrawal agreement

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the United Kingdom cannot unilaterally change the EU-UK bilateral withdrawal agreement...

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero charged with terrorism in Rwanda court

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Monday charged Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” with terrorism, complicity in murder,...

Merkel leads EU talks with China looking to ease tensions

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top European Union officials, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are holding talks Monday focused on trade, giving...

EU warns UK that Brexit deal breach will scuttle a new deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 27 European Union nations presented a firmly united front to the U.K. on Friday after the British government said it...

EU names Dombrovskis as its new trade chief

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive commission is proposing its experienced Latvian vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, to take over the post as trade...

EU warns Serbia, Kosovo over Israel embassy move

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Serbia and Kosovo on Monday that they could undermine their EU membership hopes by moving their Israeli...

NATO agrees nerve agent used to try to kill Russia’s Navalny

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday condemned the “appalling assassination attempt” on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and called on Moscow...

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